Helen Emshoff Arning, age 81, was born on September 21, 1922 in Kenney. She was baptized the same day by her grandfather, because she was very ill at birth. When she recovered, she was again received in holy baptism at St. James Lutheran Church, New Wehdem on December 14, 1922. She was confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville. As a child, Helen attended Travis School. She began working as a teenager in Bellville. It was there that she met her husband Bernhard (Ben) Arning. They were married on February 14, 1942 at St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville. Shortly thereafter, Ben was drafted into the military service and they moved to Washington, D.C. While there, son Bernhard, Jr. was born. After living several years in the nation's capital, Helen and Ben, Jr. returned to Kenney to await the end of World War II and the discharge of Ben, Sr. When Ben returned from active duty, he moved his family to Houston to find employment. While there, son Allen Craig Arning was born on July 4, 1953. The family attended St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Helen occupied her free time by becoming a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #654 and held many offices, including president. One of the duties she enjoyed most was teaching the American Flag etiquette to the boy and girl scout troops around Houston. Many of their weekends were spent at their place in Bleiblerville. In 1979, Helen and family returned to Bleiblerville and joined Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Welcome. During her years she remained a faithful wife and mother. She was a member of Industry Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Her hobby for the last 15 years was canning vegetables and jellies. She was often heard saying that her two favorite activities in life were entertaining her family and friends and welcoming Pastor Schindehette every month for his visit and offering of Holy Communion. Helen Emshoff Arning died Monday, June 21, 2004, in Bellville, Texas. Helen is survived by her husband of 62 years, Bernhard Arning, Sr.; sons, Bernhard Arning, Jr. and daughter-in-law Diane of Houston, Allen Craig Arning and daughter-in-law Debbie of Cypress; four granddaughters, Kimberly Arning Jones and husband Scott of Bleiblerville, Kristen Arning Harden and husband Curtis of Houston, Carrie Arning and Courtney Arning; two great-grandchildren, Tyler Bond and Kyle Jones of Bleiblerville; her sister, Leona Arning of Bleiblerville; brother, Edwin Emshoff and sister-in-law, Evelyn of Houston; niece, Linda Tarver of Bleiblerville; and five nephews, Dave and Patrick Emshoff of Houston, Mike Arning and wife Carin of West, Mark Arning of Bellville and Matthew Arning of Las Vegas, Nevada. She is preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Annie Emshoff; infant brother, Marvin Emshoff; sister, Ora Nell Herr; and brothers-in law Edger Herr, Roy Arning and wife Tony, and brother-in-law, John Arning, Jr. Funeral services were held Thursday, June 24, 2004, at 10 a.m. from the Welcome Church with the Rev. Jason Korthauer officiating. Burial followed in the Welcome Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bennie Emshoff, Terry Shupak, Kermit Kolwes, Gary Shupak, Roland Roe and Willie Stoerner. In lieu of usual remembrances, friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Welcome, 13636 FM 109, Brenham, Texas 77833 or the Bleiblerville VFD, P.O. 151, Bleiblerville, Texas 78931. Funeral services under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapels, Bellville.
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